In 1965 Shelby releases the Cobra 427 roadster of which 23 units will be configured for competition. 427 is the volume in cubic inches of its Ford engine, 7 liters in the international system. Just as Competizione in the Ferrari wording at the same time, the Shelby competition cars are not equipped in accessories unwanted for racing such as windshield, fender and muffler and are not approved for the road.
One of these 23 cars, finished as a competition roadster in September 1965, had a different fate. After a promotional tour of Europe that lasted more than a year, it returned to the United States where it was transformed into a semi-competition version (SC), reaching the high end of the Shelby cars for street use.
This specific car is indeed a hybrid because it retained some of its competition features for the personal use and curiosity of Carroll Shelby who wanted to push it to the top possible performance on the road.
This Shelby Cobra in Super Snake style has retained its original equipment including the engine block. It was sold for $ 5.5M including premium by Barrett-Jackson on January 21, 2007. It is for sale in Scottsdale on January 17 by the same auction house, lot 2509.
The Cobra 427 Super Snake is of the highest rarity. The only other car made in this configuration had got the opposite transformation : it was a street car changed to please a showbiz celebrity who ultimately did not want it. It was accidentally destroyed by falling off a cliff.